Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Mother Nature

I’m very inspired by nature – you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily.

—Martha Stewart

Time for yet another resurrected system skin and outfit, courtesy of Bakes on Mesh! The mesh avatar I am wearing is the Altamura Juliet full-body mesh avatar, which requires a couple of additions to support Bakes on Mesh:

  • A Bakes on Mesh relay for Altamura mesh bodies (which is available for free to Altamura group members at this exact SLURL in the store; please note that this relay only works with full versions of Altamura bodies, including the Juliet body which was a Valentine’s Day group gift earlier this year)
  • You do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the body before you can use the Altamura Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL)

Now that that is out of the way, you can put away the Omega installer and relay HUDs and the BoM relay once you have installed them, and start styling!

And here is Mother Nature in all her glory!

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body including Fingernails: Juliet mesh body by Altamura (a former Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega-compatible; more details here; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join)
  • System Skin and Body Branch Attchments: Fleurs by Fallen Gods (I’m not sure if this is still available or not, as it pre-dates mesh)
  • System Eyes: Sunrise eyes in Celtic green by Fashism (no longer on the grid)
  • Hair: Botanical Pigtails – I Am Springtime by Nushru (I believe this was a hunt gift from the Crazy hair Hunt many years ago)
  • Fruit Branches on Head: Fruit Salad Tree Branches by Concrete Flowers (no longer on the grid)
  • Dress and Earrings: Spring outfit by Lemania Indigo (an old system-layers-and-flexiprims outfit which is no longer available)
  • Shoes: June pumps by Garbaggio

Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Designing Nicky Ree

One of my favourite Second Life avatar fashion stores in the pre-mesh days was Designing Nicky Ree, who had a real talent for creating beautifully-textured women’s wear:

Unfortunately, Nicky Ree never fully embraced mesh fashion (almost all of the clothing she sells consists of system layers and prims), so she eventually fell out of favour with shoppers. Which is a shame, as she designed some truly beautiful gowns, such as the Peony Flower gown I am wearing, which is available in ten different colours:

Here’s a closer look at the gown. The embroidery details are exquisite!

Nicky Ree explains in a notecard included with the package:

This design was the second design I sketched as a possible Ms Hong Kong Costume Gown for Miss Virtual World 2011, the other being DNR Phoenix. Ms Serene Faith chose the DNR Phoenix in the end for the costume for the the contest and went on to win and was crowned Ms MVW 2011. Now, since I had already prepared and drawn all the flower embroidery for the “Peony Flower” I decided to complete this gown and release it in time for the Chinese New Year for 2011…

Designing Nicky Ree is one of those stores which I hope will enjoy a bit of a renaissance with the advent of Bakes on Mesh. I think it’s well worth browsing through her large, two-story store to see if anything strikes your fancy! Here’s the SLURL. You can find this fabulous Peony Flower gown on the second floor, at this exact SLURL (just open your map and follow the red arrow).

Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Halloween Carmen Miranda!

You know, I should just rename this blog the Second Life Bakes on Mesh blog (talk about a sub-niche of a blogging niche!). I am just having so much fun experimenting with Bakes on Mesh, and I wanted to share my latest creation with you!

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was known for her signature fruit-hat outfits in her movies:

Today I wanted to show you my Halloween goth version of Carmen Miranda!

This entire outfit, including the hat, bracelet, necklace, and earrings, were hunt prizes from a long-ago hunt by a store called Comme Il Faut (which sadly no longer exists). This is a system-layer-and-prims outfit, worn on a combination of an Akeruka Cleo mesh head and an Altamura Juliet mesh body. (Both were free group gifts earlier this year.)

If you have a recent Akeruka Bento mesh head like Cleo, you can hit the redelivery terminal in the lobby of the Akeruka store to get an updated version, which includes a separate Bakes on Mesh head in the package.

Altamura has released a relay for use with Bakes on Mesh (it’s available to Altamura group members for free at this exact SLURL; the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group costs L$50 to join). You do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the Juliet body before you can use the Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL).

The skin I am using on this avatar is by Atmoic Bambi, and is called Noori Noir. Unfortunately, the store is also no longer on the grid. This is an older system skin, so the area around the fingernails doesn’t quite match the Altamura mesh nails. I found that my earlier solution, the free finger and foot fixes available from League which I mentioned in this earlier blogpost, didn’t work for grey skin. To fix the area around the fingernails to match this deathly grey pallor exactly, I used nail covers by SmitCoStudios, which you can edit and tint any colour you wish (they are available for L$25 on the SL Marketplace).

The eyes are part of the Cleo mesh head package (you will need to add the included eye alpha to use them with the Bakes on Mesh body). And yes, they come in red to match my outfit!

But the best part of this whole outfit? It comes with skull maracas and an animation to use them!

So I plan to wear this wonderful outfit when I venture out to various Halloween events this year!

Strawberry Linden Explains Bakes on Mesh in Second Life

Strawberry Linden (a.k.a. Strawberry Singh)

Strawberry Linden (formerly known as the popular SL blogger Strawberry Singh), has released a new Bakes on Mesh tutorial video on YouTube:

Given her years of experience making tutorial videos, this is essential viewing if you want to understand all that Bakes on Mesh has to offer! Seriously, Linden Lab was so smart to put her on the payroll. She has an innate ability to explain complicated things in an approachable, easy-to-understand way.